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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Every parent has done it at some point before, however excessively bribing your children to behave can be very detrimental to their development as a person. A recent post on Authentic Parenting pointed out some negative results that come from constant bribing. Many children who are bribed to often have self-discipline issues down the road. If there is nobody there bribing them to do simple daily tasks like brushing their teeth, than they have no interest or motivation to do it. The bribes will also cause children to think in a manner that promotes expecting something from everything they cooperate in. This makes for some selfish and self-centered people. The bribes also rob children of the life experience of feeling emotions. If you give your children a treat or toy every time they are sad or upset, they will never learn how to cope with their emotions correctly. Bribing happens sometimes that is a fact of parenting, but don't make a habit out of it.
Read the original piece here: Sugar Coated Punishments: The Problem with Bribes